Hole Control loses Hole Control: Massive Eviction in J115031


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On March 6, 2019, Hole Control lost a “Horizon” faction Fortizar in the system of J115031, along with other structures, during a large battle over this main staging citadel.

The Russian wormhole group known as Inner Hell attacked Hole Control’s C4 system starting on March 3, and Inner Hell was met with little resistance until a battle on March 6. Inner Hell went through the shield and armor timers easily, then on the 6th, they finished off the system’s structures, including the two Fortizars, one of which was an extremely rare “Horizon” faction Fortizar.

According to sources on reddit, the station was owned by a Russian-speaking corp in Hole Control, known as “Beyond The Last Horizon”. The leadership of BLTH and Inner Hell have clashed many times, and apparently some real-life threats were made, along with rude comments by the system’s defenders to Inner Hell leadership, with these conflicts seeding a personal rivalry. The last straw was broken when a small peaceful research corporation known as “Duckling Union” was evicted by BTLH, and Inner Hell proceeded to plan BLTH’s eviction. BTLH started to unanchor expensive structures, such as the Horizon Fortizar, and due to a pre-existing spy network, Inner Hell was seeded the same nightbefore they reinforced the BLTH structures, and killed the structures shortly after.

According to multiple witnesses, Hole Control gave up on, well, hole control; they put up a small defense of the structures, but the attackers only lost less around twelve billion ISK. The “Horizon” Fortizar died, and every ship that was inside was ejected, along with any personal belongings of Hole Control’s members. The attackers, along with anyone looking for content, then shot the ships inside and proceeded to loot the field. The official amount of ISK lost by Hole Control is unknown at this point, but it can be expected to be in the hundreds of billions, as personal assets are not accounted for on battle reports. At the time of writing, the number of ships lost has surpassed 1000, and is expected to climb a little beyond that. The official isk total as it stands is around 60 billion isk. 

The system’s killboard: https://zkillboard.com/location/40445237/

Battle Report: https://zkillboard.com/related/31001824/201903062200/

Faction Fortizar: https://zkillboard.com/kill/75550962/

The curious aspect to this fight is that ever since the Rage invasion by INIT, there has been an increase in overall wormhole activity. At the same time, there is more activity in wormholes by nullsec and lowsec groups than in the previous months. The amount of holes owned by HK, LZHKS, and NVCA have stayed roughly the same, though, so there has not been a visible shift in power between the larger and smaller groups. We will continue to track occasional evictions like this in low class space, and keep bringing you reports of interesting low-class wormhole conflicts.

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  • An Actual Wormholer

    This is vitriol. Just stop.

    March 10, 2019 at 1:35 PM
  • Carvj94

    It was great when null incorrectly thought wormholers were scary. They left us alone. But null is null so now that they know we have limited strength comparatively they bully and evict us for fun rather than just fleet brawls. Often they scream for content and fights even while they burn and salt the earth leading to less asset creation for fights.

    March 10, 2019 at 9:06 PM
    • Guilford Australis Carvj94

      I see your side of it, but I think wormholers have tried to have it both ways for too long. They want to be left alone by nullsec alliances, but they also want to be able to harass nullsec with impunity. Wormholers rampage through Delve every day, typically in wolf-packs of 8-20, looking for easy ratter/miner ganks. They fly things that allow them to avoid confrontation – such as cloaky nullified T3s – making it very obvious they’re not just looking for a good fight. They’ll hunt until all the easy targets are gone or they get Bosoned.

      Now picture you’re Goonswarm. Would you prefer to (1) leave the wormholers alone because they’ve told you they want to be left alone, or (2) Boson them off the grid and follow them through the wormhole they came in from to see what else you might be able to kill? The initial event, remember, was wormholers deciding to poke the bear. We’re not just sitting around Delve looking for wormholes all day so we can hop in and evict the locals.

      March 11, 2019 at 12:25 PM
      • Wormholers didn’t poke the bear. A few low class residents did. That’s my point. Now for most other wormhole groups our livelihoods are at increased risk cause null burns structures for fun and we lose absolutely everything not being flown when our stuff dies.

        March 11, 2019 at 12:42 PM
        • Guilford Australis Carvj94

          According to Delve intel, it’s LAZERHAWKS this morning. Due to the insular nature of life in J-space, I’m not sure wormholers are even aware of how frequently their various communities provoke nullsec alliances. It’s not just “a few low class residents.”

          March 16, 2019 at 12:38 PM
          • Bad example on your part. LAZERHAWKS is a prime candidate for one of the few low class residents I was talking about. They are AP tournament fighters after all.

            March 16, 2019 at 5:12 PM
          • Guilford Australis Carvj94

            I assume you’re unfamiliar with the ‘No True Scotsman’ fallacy.

            March 16, 2019 at 5:13 PM
          • Well in this case it truly is a small ammount of groups that invade or harass nullsec. There are hundreds of groups and the group I’m a part of is and has been the biggest wormhole group for over a year now.

            March 16, 2019 at 6:11 PM
  • Lars Jansen

    “The last straw was broken when…” lmao

    March 10, 2019 at 11:42 PM